Not everyone likes to use their personal phone to receive business calls. On the other hand, no one likes to pay for a second phone just to be able to say, “International Poindexter, whom do you wish to speak with?” There is a solution. An app called OpenPhone is available so that you don’t have to give your personal number to strangers.
First, you have to download the iOS or Android version of the app. Once that is done, you can request a local or toll-free number covering the U.S. and Canada. If you already have a second phone using a business number, no worries! That number can be ported over to the app. And that is all there is to it. You can use OpenPhone to make calls or send texts to any number in the states, or in Canada.
The phone service uses VoIP so all communications for your business number are sent and received over the internet. Now we do have to point out that the service will cost you $9.99 per month, but that includes unlimited calls and texts. And with the app, you’ll be able to retire that second handset and still know immediately when a call is for you personally, or for your business. OpenPhone also allows you to read transcripts of your voice mail. You can set your business hours by using the Android Do Not Disturb feature or the app. And wherever you have an internet connection, you’re in business. While there are other apps that are similar, OpenPhone wants to focus on small companies with 20 employees or less.